Colgan's Tins...............

Colgan's Tins...............

Joined: September 17th, 2001, 8:22 pm

January 8th, 2009, 8:54 pm #1

Okay, not cards but what the cards came in.............
I have (7) DIFFERENT colgans tins. Different solely based on both the color and on the printing info on the back of them. Can anyone confirm the 'Sterling Gum' in Green to match the Sterling Gum in pink pictured at the bottom of the picture? Anyone have anything different than the (4) types pictured.........

#1..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, with printing around the rim
#2..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, no printing around the rim
#3..........Autosales Gum, New York, with printing around the rim
#4..........Sterling Gum, New York, no printing around the rim

Also....both Autosales Gum & Sterling Gum say 'successors to Colgan'. Anyone know which came first....Autosales or Sterling? Or did Colgan split into two?

Thanks..................bear with me on the large photo.....

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Joined: December 13th, 2004, 5:18 am

January 8th, 2009, 9:08 pm #2

Here's mine -



Anyone want to try some 98 year old gum?
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Joined: January 26th, 2005, 2:16 pm

January 8th, 2009, 9:15 pm #3

Okay, not cards but what the cards came in.............
I have (7) DIFFERENT colgans tins. Different solely based on both the color and on the printing info on the back of them. Can anyone confirm the 'Sterling Gum' in Green to match the Sterling Gum in pink pictured at the bottom of the picture? Anyone have anything different than the (4) types pictured.........

#1..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, with printing around the rim
#2..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, no printing around the rim
#3..........Autosales Gum, New York, with printing around the rim
#4..........Sterling Gum, New York, no printing around the rim

Also....both Autosales Gum & Sterling Gum say 'successors to Colgan'. Anyone know which came first....Autosales or Sterling? Or did Colgan split into two?

Thanks..................bear with me on the large photo.....

Tom,

Rhett informed me of the existence of the Sterling tin but your scan was the first image that I have ever seen (of either flavor).
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Joined: February 13th, 2006, 1:34 am

January 8th, 2009, 9:42 pm #4

Okay, not cards but what the cards came in.............
I have (7) DIFFERENT colgans tins. Different solely based on both the color and on the printing info on the back of them. Can anyone confirm the 'Sterling Gum' in Green to match the Sterling Gum in pink pictured at the bottom of the picture? Anyone have anything different than the (4) types pictured.........

#1..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, with printing around the rim
#2..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, no printing around the rim
#3..........Autosales Gum, New York, with printing around the rim
#4..........Sterling Gum, New York, no printing around the rim

Also....both Autosales Gum & Sterling Gum say 'successors to Colgan'. Anyone know which came first....Autosales or Sterling? Or did Colgan split into two?

Thanks..................bear with me on the large photo.....

Like Dan's, Louisville, no printing around rim bottom. However it does, unlike Dan's, have printing around the "rim" of the lid.

Reads: "Copyright 1910 by Colgan Gum Co. Incorporated"



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Joined: August 12th, 2005, 6:14 pm

January 9th, 2009, 12:20 am #5

Okay, not cards but what the cards came in.............
I have (7) DIFFERENT colgans tins. Different solely based on both the color and on the printing info on the back of them. Can anyone confirm the 'Sterling Gum' in Green to match the Sterling Gum in pink pictured at the bottom of the picture? Anyone have anything different than the (4) types pictured.........

#1..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, with printing around the rim
#2..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, no printing around the rim
#3..........Autosales Gum, New York, with printing around the rim
#4..........Sterling Gum, New York, no printing around the rim

Also....both Autosales Gum & Sterling Gum say 'successors to Colgan'. Anyone know which came first....Autosales or Sterling? Or did Colgan split into two?

Thanks..................bear with me on the large photo.....

Very nice tin collection, Tom. Thanks for posting.

Tom, my understanding was that Mr. Colgan, a Louisville pharmacist or drug store owner, bought a bunch of chicle, a railroad car load of it, in Louisville, with no idea what he'd do with it. He added flaver to get folks to chew it. Started the company, then eventually sold it to Autosales Gum of New York. So I'd think Autosales antedates Sterling.

The 4 I have are below (I think these are all I have).

I've always fretted about the super-faded Violet tin that is faded to green. I don't think it was sunlight, the fading is uniform to the top, sides, and bottom.

About 20 years ago when I started hunting for my first of these, I just knew I'd find one in an antique mall here in Kentucky, what better item for a lady to keep a few buttons in than one of these tins. I've looked and looked, but have never seen one in any Kentucky antique mall.


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Joined: January 11th, 2005, 2:39 am

January 9th, 2009, 2:35 am #6

Okay, not cards but what the cards came in.............
I have (7) DIFFERENT colgans tins. Different solely based on both the color and on the printing info on the back of them. Can anyone confirm the 'Sterling Gum' in Green to match the Sterling Gum in pink pictured at the bottom of the picture? Anyone have anything different than the (4) types pictured.........

#1..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, with printing around the rim
#2..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, no printing around the rim
#3..........Autosales Gum, New York, with printing around the rim
#4..........Sterling Gum, New York, no printing around the rim

Also....both Autosales Gum & Sterling Gum say 'successors to Colgan'. Anyone know which came first....Autosales or Sterling? Or did Colgan split into two?

Thanks..................bear with me on the large photo.....

Dunno where I got this info, but here it is:

If it has a 1910 copyright then it is good, because the "Colgan Co." was bought out after 1910 and before the end of their card promotion. I am not sure people care too much about whether a card actually came in the tin or not-they are all pretty similar. It is near impossible to tell the exact date the tins were produced. However, from personal research and experience...if on the back the tin says "Autosales Gum Co of New York -Successors of Colgans..." then these tins included the Tin Tops (not sure about the Red Borders). I know this because I have found 3 different Tin Tops cards still in their containers (all at different locations at different times, one still had a stick of gum- so it was "as issued") and each one was in the "Autosales" tin. I have never found a Red border in the tin still so I don't know who issued this set. But it appears that Autosales (not Colgans) produced the Tin Top set. I have never found a E254 in an autosales tin, but they may exist as when Autosales bought out the Colgans Co. they may have still had some leftover "stock"(merely theoretical). They may have done this as the Autosales tin is more common than the TinTops cards themselves.


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Joined: September 9th, 2002, 6:15 pm

January 9th, 2009, 2:39 am #7

Okay, not cards but what the cards came in.............
I have (7) DIFFERENT colgans tins. Different solely based on both the color and on the printing info on the back of them. Can anyone confirm the 'Sterling Gum' in Green to match the Sterling Gum in pink pictured at the bottom of the picture? Anyone have anything different than the (4) types pictured.........

#1..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, with printing around the rim
#2..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, no printing around the rim
#3..........Autosales Gum, New York, with printing around the rim
#4..........Sterling Gum, New York, no printing around the rim

Also....both Autosales Gum & Sterling Gum say 'successors to Colgan'. Anyone know which came first....Autosales or Sterling? Or did Colgan split into two?

Thanks..................bear with me on the large photo.....

Crap I thought I had all variations of these, now I have to dig them out. I do have a full can with 10 pieces of gum and a spacer. Very cool post!
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Joined: April 6th, 2007, 3:03 pm

January 9th, 2009, 2:41 am #8

Okay, not cards but what the cards came in.............
I have (7) DIFFERENT colgans tins. Different solely based on both the color and on the printing info on the back of them. Can anyone confirm the 'Sterling Gum' in Green to match the Sterling Gum in pink pictured at the bottom of the picture? Anyone have anything different than the (4) types pictured.........

#1..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, with printing around the rim
#2..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, no printing around the rim
#3..........Autosales Gum, New York, with printing around the rim
#4..........Sterling Gum, New York, no printing around the rim

Also....both Autosales Gum & Sterling Gum say 'successors to Colgan'. Anyone know which came first....Autosales or Sterling? Or did Colgan split into two?

Thanks..................bear with me on the large photo.....

I have never seen the original gum before, sure looks 100 years old

very interesting post and am not sure I have see this many different types of tins at one time

Jimmy
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Joined: February 7th, 2004, 1:48 am

January 9th, 2009, 3:35 am #9

Okay, not cards but what the cards came in.............
I have (7) DIFFERENT colgans tins. Different solely based on both the color and on the printing info on the back of them. Can anyone confirm the 'Sterling Gum' in Green to match the Sterling Gum in pink pictured at the bottom of the picture? Anyone have anything different than the (4) types pictured.........

#1..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, with printing around the rim
#2..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, no printing around the rim
#3..........Autosales Gum, New York, with printing around the rim
#4..........Sterling Gum, New York, no printing around the rim

Also....both Autosales Gum & Sterling Gum say 'successors to Colgan'. Anyone know which came first....Autosales or Sterling? Or did Colgan split into two?

Thanks..................bear with me on the large photo.....

Richard, I believe I wrote that a couple years back on the forum. I still have not found a Red Border still in the package so I am unsure about what type of tin they were produced with. The Tin Tops were made with Autosales tins (I have found several still wih their original tins), however, as the Autosales tins are hardly rare (unlike the Tin Tops cards) the Autosales Co. may have continued to sell their product at the end without any cards at all--presumably just like they did before they began putting ball-players pictures into tins in 1909.

The rarest of all the tins is the Sterling Gum tins, I have owned onl a small handful of those but not currently. I seem to remember having a Mint Stirling tin along with at least 2 Violet ones. When I first started collecting Colgan's I didn't care much about the tins, and sold them whenever I got them, now I have a small collection of 15-20 of them (not one of which is a Sterling unfortunately). I'll add that Sterling is the company that produced the "Gold Tip Chewing Gum" that you see boxes of at nearly every antique show, I also believe they are the company that first marketed Dentyne as well. If I was to guess I would say Autosales came before Serling but it could just as easily be the other way around.

-Rhett
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Joined: March 13th, 2004, 12:48 am

January 9th, 2009, 4:36 am #10

Okay, not cards but what the cards came in.............
I have (7) DIFFERENT colgans tins. Different solely based on both the color and on the printing info on the back of them. Can anyone confirm the 'Sterling Gum' in Green to match the Sterling Gum in pink pictured at the bottom of the picture? Anyone have anything different than the (4) types pictured.........

#1..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, with printing around the rim
#2..........Colgan Gum, Louisville, no printing around the rim
#3..........Autosales Gum, New York, with printing around the rim
#4..........Sterling Gum, New York, no printing around the rim

Also....both Autosales Gum & Sterling Gum say 'successors to Colgan'. Anyone know which came first....Autosales or Sterling? Or did Colgan split into two?

Thanks..................bear with me on the large photo.....

Yes, Tom, "Sterling" tins for the Mint Chips were produced although it remains uncertain whether any of them contained cards.

We are planning to publish a comprehensive article on the Colgan's sets written by John Spano (with input from Rhett and others) which is now tentatively scheduled for Old Cardboard Issue #19 (Spring 2009). It will include images of all eight known variations of Colgan's tins (including both Violet and Mint chip tins produced by Sterling) and much more.

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